Utah RB Darrell Mack to sit out this season

Utah RB Darrell Mack to sit out this season

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah plans to redshirt junior running back Darrell Mack, a move that would leave him with two more seasons of eligibility, coach Kyle Whittingham said Monday.

Mack was a reserve in 2005 and 2006, playing in 17 games with 82 carries for 320 yards and one touchdown.

The Utes have senior Darryl Poston, who has been playing college football since 2001 but has missed parts of several seasons with injuries. The NCAA granted him a final year of eligibility.

Utah also has junior-college transfer Matt Asiata, and Whittingham plans to play freshman Eddie Wide.

"Darrell had a redshirt year still available and it made no sense to burn all of our running backs' eligibility all at once," Whittingham said. "It spaces our running backs out a bit."

The Utes open the season Thursday at Oregon State.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-08-27-07 1641MDT

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